Jimmies picked fifth in NSAA

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In its final season in the North Star Athletic Association, the University of Jamestown football team is picked to finish fifth out of seven teams.

The Jimmies, who began practice last weekend, received 25 points in voting done by the conference's coaches. Jamestown joins the Great Plains Athletic Conference next year.

The Jimmies finished 4-7 last season, winning three of their final four games. Their first game is Saturday, Aug. 26 against Hastings (Neb.) at Rollie Green Field. The Jimmies' second game, also at home, is against NAIA preseason No. 1 Saint Francis, Indiana.

Dickinson State is the preseason favorite in the NSAA. The Blue Hawks got five of the seven first-place votes. The Hawks are ranked 15th in the preseason top 25 poll. They are the only NSAA team ranked. Three teams from the GPAC—No. 4 Morningside, No. 11 Doane and No. 17 Dakota Wesleyan—are ranked in the preseason top 25 poll.

Valley City State and Dakota State are picked second and third in the NSAA. Both teams got one first-place vote.

Three NSAA teams have first-year head coaches in Mayville State (Sean Thom), Presentation College (Chuck Miesbauer) and Waldorf University (Josh Littrell).

North Star Athletic Association

Preseason football poll

(First-place votes in parentheses)

Rank Team Pts

1. Dickinson State (5) 47

2. Valley City State (1) 37

3. Dakota State (1) 36

4. Presentation 27

5. Jamestown 25

6. Mayville State 13

7. Waldorf 11

Team Capsules

Dakota State

Coach: Josh Anderson, 9th year

Last year: 6-4

Returning starters: 9 offense, 6 defense

Key returners: Jacob Giles, Sr., QB; Austin Opdahl, Sr., WR; Derek DeVries, Sr., S; Justin Pontarelli, Sr., OL; Greg Rodriguez, Sr., OL; Mitchell Galloway, Sr., WR.

2017 schedule: Aug. 24 vs. Dakota Wesleyan; Sept. 2 at Saint Ambrose; Sept. 9 at Briar Cliff; Sept. 16 vs. Mayville State; Sept. 23 vs. Presentation; Sept. 30 at Jamestown; Oct. 7 vs. Waldorf; Oct. 21 at Valley City State; Oct. 28 vs. Dickinson State; Nov. 4 at Mayville; Nov. 11 at Presentation.

Dickinson State

Coach: Pete Stanton, 4th year

Last year: 9-3, NSAA champs

Returning starters: 6 offense, 6 defense

Key returners: Jeff Fisher, Jr., OL; Seth Moerkerke, Jr., QB; Cain Boschee, Jr., DB; Cody Johnson, Soph., K; Kordell Cummins, Jr., OL; Jay Liggins, Jr., CB; Hunter Moore, Sr., LB; Hayden Gibson, Jr., QB.

2017 schedule: Aug. 24 vs. Rocky Mountain; Sept. 2 at Valley City State; Sept. 9 At Northwestern (Iowa); Sept. 23 at Mayville State; Sept. 30 vs. Presentation College; Oct. 7 vs. Valley City State; Oct. 14 Waldorf; Oct. 21 at Jamestown; Oct. 28 at Dakota State; Nov. 11 vs. Mayville State.

Mayville State

Coach: Sean Thom, 1st year

Last year: 4-6

Returning starters: 4 offense, 4 defense

Key returners: Andrew Blake, Sr., QB; Superiorr Reed, Sr., RB; Chris Mayes, Sr., TE; Jason Holmes, Sr., DB; Blaine Miller, Sr., OL; Jason Smith, Sr., DB; Doug Koepplin, Sr., DL; Dondrei Hubbard, Jr., RB; Devlin Arnold, Jr., DL; Israel Evans, Sr., OL.

2017 schedule: Aug. 21 at Buena Vista; Sept. 9 Sterling College; Sept. 16 at Dakota State; Sept. 23 vs. Dickinson State; Sept. 30 Montana State-Northern; Oct. 7 vs. Presentation College; Oct. 14 at Valley City State; Oct. 21 at Waldorf; Oct. 28 vs. Jamestown; Nov. 4. vs. Dakota State; Nov. 11 at Dickinson State.

Presentation College

Coach: Chuck Miesbauer, 1st year (interim)

Last year: 7-3

Returning starters: 7 offense, 6 defense

Key returners: Logan Weiser, Jr., WR; Austin Eggl, Jr., QB; Skyler Miller, Sr., LB; Edmond Jacobs, Jr., RB; Eric Williams, Sr., DL; Zavier Cabral-Artero, Jr, DL.

2017 schedule: Sept. 2 at Lawrence University; Sept. 9 at St. John's; Sept. 16 vs. Waldorf; Sept. 23 at Dakota State; Sept. 30 at Dickinson State; Oct. 7 at Mayville; Oct. 14 vs. Jamestown; Oct. 28 vs. Valley City; Nov. 4 at Waldorf; Nov. 11 vs. Dakota State.

University of Jamestown

Coach: Josh Kittell, 2nd year

Last year: 4-7

Returning starters: 7 offense, 6 defense

Key returners: Dylan Klatt, Sr., QB; Dan Murphy, Sr., OL; Keith Rogers, Sr., CB; Andrew Maniss, Jr., OL; Tyler Hennings, Sr., OL; Anthony Vareen, Jr., OL; Zach Phillips, Jr., DL; Andrew Jensen, Jr., DL; Caleb Ellingson, Jr., LB; Branden Edwards, Sr., WR; Liam Huseby, Soph., TE/FB; Oscar Rodriguez,Soph., OL; Troy Stuard, Soph., DB; Josh Verghis, Sr., WR.

2017 schedule: Aug. 26 vs. Hastings; Sept. 2 vs. Saint Francis, Ind.; Sept. 9 at Dakota Wesleyan; Sept. 16 at Valley City State; Sept. 23 vs. Waldorf; Sept. 30 vs. Dakota State; Oct. 14 at Presentation; Oct. 21 vs. Dickinson State; Oct. 28 at Dakota State; Nov. 4 vs. Valley City; Nov. 11 at Waldorf

Valley City State

Coach: Dennis McCulloch, 21st year

Last year: 6-4

Returning starters: 6 offense, 5 defense

Key returners: Nicholas McBeain, Sr., LB; PJ Peterson, Sr., OL; Jesus Munoz, Sr., DB; Tayler Lentz, Sr., Avery Lock, Sr., OL; TE; Tyler Ukestad, Jr., WR; Marc Wagner, TE, Jr.; Travon Smith, Soph., DB.

2017 schedule: Sept. 2 vs. Dickinson State; Sept. 9 at Hastings; Sept. 16 vs. Jamestown; Sept. 23 vs. Finlandia; Sept. 30 at Waldorf; Oct. 7 at Dickinson; Oct. 14 vs. Mayville State; Oct. 21 vs. Dakota State; Oct. 28 at Presentation; Nov. 4 at Jamestown.

Waldorf College

Coach: Josh Littrell, 1st year

Last year: 1-9

Key returners: Sione Aonga, Sr., DE; Dudem Awuzi, Jr., DB; Hilton Joseph, Soph., QB; Matt Sink, Sr., OL.

Returning starters: 8 offense, 6 defense

2017 schedule: Aug. 26 vs. Briar Cliff; Sept. 2 vs. Trinity Bible College; Sept. 9 at Dordt; Sept. 16 at Presentation; Sept. 23 at Jamestown; Sept. 30 vs. Valley City; Oct. 7 at Dakota State; Oct. 14 at Dickinson State; Oct. 21 vs. Mayville State; Nov. 4 vs. Presentation; Nov. 11 vs. Jamestown.